Picking up right after the events of 'First Stage', 'Second Stage' continues to follow the underground Road Racing career of high-school student/delivery boy Takumi Fujiwara and friends as ... See full summary »
After defeating every racing team, everything comes down to one last race. Will Project D succeed in the final and most difficult race of Initial D. And what is going to be the future of Project D after this final race.
After a surprise loss to the Wangan ('Bayshore' road) king, Asakura Akio comes across a Nissan S30 at a junkyard and finds out what this particular car is all about. Soon more cars, more ... See full summary »
Takumi Fujiwara is an average 18-year old high school student with an average job as a gas station attendant, and a not-so-average hand in the family business. To help his father's tofu shop, Takumi has been delivering tofu in his father's 'Eight-Six' Trueno (known as the Toyota Corolla GT-S in the US) to a hotel at the peak of Mt. Akina (the local mountain), every night at 4 a.m. In doing so, Takumi has been unknowingly training to be the greatest mountain-pass drift-racer in all of Japan. After a freak late-night encounter with Keisuke Takahashi, the number two driver of the infamous RedSuns team, Takumi is quickly, and unwillingly plunged into a high-speed world of white-knuckle contests on the most dangerous mountain passes in the Gunma prefecture. Assisted by the local Akina Speedstars team, his slightly obnoxious friend Itsuki, his somewhat shady girlfriend Natsuke and the sage-like words of his chain-smoking, ex-racer father Bunta, he'll need all the help he can get to outwit ...Written by
Nathan J Rossberg
Keiichi Tsuchiya, well known as the 'Drift King' of Japan and a pioneer in the field of drifting, was on-hand as an advisor to the show. He also makes a brief cameo in episode 24 during a phone call to Bunta Fujiwara See more »
During his race with the 86, Kenta's S14 changes color from orange to black and then back to orange again. See more »
In Tokyopop's American DVD release, there are two versions of the show. One is the original ('Import Version'). One is a new version ('Tricked-Out Version') which has an english dub and various other changes such as:
Japanese character names dropped in exchange for more English sounding names (i.e. Natsuki becomes Natalie, Iketani is Cole, Itsuki is Iggy, Ryosuke is Ry, Keisuke is K.T., Nakazato is Zack, Kenta is Kyle, Mako and Sayuki become Maya and Simone, and Takumi goes by Tak).
The 'Eurobeat' Japanese-techno soundtrack is replaced with a mix of rap and garage-indie-punk music.
The opening and ending themes change, as well as the footage shown in the ending credits.
Various video effects, such as inverse colors, mirrors and wipe transitions are added to the CGI race scenes.
The original, authentic engine/exhaust noises are replaced with louder, more aggressive race noises.
Scenes involving Natsuki's shady, sexual dealings with the character referred to as 'Papa' were either cut down, or re-written (even the translation in the subtitled version was altered on the Tokyopop release).
It's the story of a high school student, Takumi Fujiwara who works as a delivery boy in his father's Tofu Shop. Every morning he makes his deliveries, in his father's Ae86 ( Toyota Corolla ) passing through Mt. Akina's full of hairpins track. In the process of making his deliveries, he becomes a skilled driver and Mt. Akina his turf. Those who see him call him the ghost of Akina. When racers from other regions make an expedition to Mt. Akina, they come to know about this ghost. The Racers start to challenge Takumi and how he deals with each challenge and in the process becomes a legend is what Initial D is about.
Apart from the races it's just like what you'd expect an anime to be. The races have been done in 3D which really adds to the thrill. With each and every season the graphics have gotten better, stage Four being the best.
The story is simply about the journey of Takumi from an ordinary High school kid to a legendary street racer and how he meets other racers who help him achieve it in the process.
There are a few flashbacks but apart from that the anime proceeds in one direction only. Nothing unnecessary has been done, making it an easy to watch experience.
Initial D is a must watch, even if you're not an anime freak. You don't have to be ! It's much better than the Fast 'n Furious movie series, where they pull off stunts defying the laws of physics. This anime actually bothers to explain how the machines are working. Trust me, if you watch this you wouldn't be disappointed. The best thing is it has also been dubbed in English so you won't have to stress reading subtitles.
Overall: It's a 10/10. Watch it !
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